Christmas 2008

Christmas 2008
The Kung Fu Carvers

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Sensory Integrative Dysfunction in Young Children

What the heck is this? Anyone know or have any history of working with kids with this?

It's all in the early stages but my daughter's teachers think she may have a form of this. I won't know more until the beginning of April but thought I would look up some information. One of the things they are seeing is that when she gets frustrated or mad she can't verbalize what is upseting her (she typically yells or cries the word, "OK" over and over again). There are other things they mentioned that I see on this website.

So strange but I guess I'll just wait until we have our first assessment.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Here we are again

As some of you remember, it was this time last year when we were agonizing over the decision to hold my son back and have him go through 1st grade again.

Here we are at the end of another school year. There are so many things going on right now with him that it's hard to really describe. He has matured *so much* in the past few months. It's almost like he's a new person (yet not, told you it was hard to describe). The last time we met with his teacher in 2006 we asked about the "th" speech impediment that he has. They both answered, "Oh that's something that they generally grow out of by the time they're 7 1/2" Mike and I looked at each other quizically then back at them. "He turned 7 1/2 last week." They just weren't used to having a student who had been held back in their class. That started the speech therapy ball rolling.

We met with the speech therapist and his teachers last week to discuss how his speech therapy would go. As we were getting ready to leave his teachers asked if they could talk to us real quick before school started. They feel as if he is falling behind. He came to them at a "C" level of reading and needs to be a "G" to go on to 2nd grade. He was at a "F" but it was too much for him and he dropped back down to an "E" They looked at his file for last year and found that he had been considered for special ed classes but it was shelved as they knew we were going to hold him back. His teachers this year feel he needs that special ed help. So, he goes off track next Friday for a month then when he comes back he'll start with speech therapy and special ed. All to help him in the 5-6 weeks he has until he transitions to 2nd grade. All so frustrating that it's being squeezed into a month at the end of the year.

Luckily for him, we're persistant.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

The Carver Family Polar Habitat

I'd be lying if I said Kiernan did this by himself :) He helped his dad shave the top of the iceberg (on the top of the box) with a battery operated pumpkin cutter and he cut out the pictures. Mom did the hot gluing. Who knew a Dust Devil box could go on to become something like this. The white area in the back is the part of the glacier that sits underwater. Inside sits a large Killer Whale (as Kiernan informed me, "You can never have enough Killer Whales"), a large seal, a row of fish and two swimming penguins and a pod of Killer Whales hanging from the top. The top has an arctic fox, a polar bear and walrus swimming, a Killer Whale rushing the shore and a baby seal. The green polar bear and purple seal were both handmade by Kiernan from Play-Doh. It is a masterpiece!!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Ooops I did it again

I dyed my hair again. I'm sure there is a color somewhere in nature like this but I haven't seen it yet. In the sunlight is looks FUSCHIA! Rockin' on with my bad self.